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How to Start iTunes start with a random song?

January 20, 2010 No Comments

I write this article in response to a question read on a forum, hoping it will help someone in addition to the person concerned (Stefano, aka "Pisubijoux").

There are several ways to do this, I suggest using a small script (to be created with AppleScript Editor) to launch the start of the user's login.

We arrive at practical ...

1) Open the AppleScript editor and enter the following code (commented to help you understand ... ah, comments are inserted with "--" ):


-- Open iTunes
tell application "iTunes"

- Show window of iTunes running (remove "-")
- Activate

- Sep shuffle mode to the playlist "Music" (Change it if you want)
September shuffle of user playlist "Music" to true
- Remove shuffle mode to the playlist "Music" (Change it if you want)
- Set of user shuffle playlist "Music" to false

- Play music!
play

end tell


2) Click on Compile and then save it as an application.

3) Open System Preferences -> Accounts -> Startup Items -> enter the application you just saved!


For the lazy you can download the file directly from here:

... Only then proceed to step 3!

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iPhone: "jailbreak or not to jailbreak?"

January 19, 2010 2 comments

Here is the question that haunts many people struggling with the infamous iPhone, to unlock (jailbreak) or not?
What are actually the advantages and disadvantages of this choice?

I will not dwell here in explaining what is ascertained in the operation of jailbreak, but I intend to list only briefly, from my point of view, the advantages and disadvantages of that choice.

Benefits

  • Add Cydia (alternative to the App store)
  • Access via SSH to the device (use the iPhone as a hard disk into which to load files via ssh fact)
  • SBSettings (via Cydia) that sets up quick menu for frequently used functions (on / off services like WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, etc ...)
  • Ability to synchronize applications (IPA) downloaded from the Internet via iTunes (the operation is legal, then it remains everyone the choice to operate more or less legally with your device)
  • Unblocking a bluetooth for data transfer via the upcoming release of iBlueNove (ex iBluetooth) of MeDevil
  • Insert a firewall (blacklist) for the management of calls / sms / mms incoming
  • Add useful features to native applications like SMS Helper (displays a character counter input when writing a text message)
  • Change the 'APN of your phone provider to not run into unwanted charges on its rechargeable


Disadvantages

  • For 3Gs with new iBoot, unbootable iPhone without having to go back to a jailbreak using blackra1n
  • Reduction of the performance of the battery (not high if you use wisely the additional services such as SSH etc ...)
  • I do not think so much more ...


You would add something else to the list?

Bancopopolare and certificate of Home Banking (Byweb) on Mac (Safari)

December 16, 2009 3 comments

The banks of the Banco Popolare Group, at least the Banca Popolare di Novara, need to use the service Byweb, or the Home Banking, the installation of a certificate (.p12 format).

No problem for users on Windows with Internet Explorer and / or Firefox nor for Linux and Mac users who wish to use Firefox (which includes the installation of the certificate directly into the browser) ... some more problems for Mac users who wish to use Safari.

No alarm, with the correct configuration in a few minutes will be around the problem by following the steps listed here:

  • Download the certificate to your desktop from https://certificato.bancopopolare.it/ in a folder to your liking
  • Fully close Safari (Command + Q)
  • Open the file with the application of the system Keychain (just double click the mouse on the downloaded file and it will open automatically)
  • Enter the password for certificate authentication (the same that is used to download the same)
  • Select the certificate in Keychain and click on the top to the voice Archive (here in the image file), and then click the submenu Preference new identity ... (in English here New Identity Preference)
  • Enter the link https://web.bancopopolare.it:443 (important to write it correctly as shown here) and click on Add
  • Open Safari and go to the address https://web.bancopopolare.it:443


I leave you to the images to understand even better (and visually) the procedure described above ...


Happy surfing to all!

Ps if you were still having problems, try to add even https://web.bancopopolare.it:443/ (including /) final!

PPS: If you fail again ... trust in Firefox that independently manages certificates.
In this case just open the Firefox Preferences and go to Advanced, and then select Show in the Encryption Certificate and then import the certificate downloaded.


VMWare Fusion 3.0 and the "file association" unintuitive ...

October 29, 2009 No Comments

VMWare has finally released the long-awaited new version of Fusion , came to 3.0, adding many new features that finally make it one of the best virtualization software in Mac.

One of the biggest gaps that I have always complained in Fusion was the lack in the ability to open files with a virtualized Windows application directly from Finderl (Ex: open an XLS file directly from the Finder and make it opened with Microsoft Excel 2007 virtualized ). This is in fact a file association, or associate extensions with a choice program.

Despite the efforts of VMWare, you still can not do this by default with Fusion, but with a few tips you can not work around the problem.

  1. Position the Finder on the folder where your Virtual Machine (Windows for instance);
  2. Click with the right button on the VM (Virtual Machine) and select "Show Package Contents" (Show Package Contents);
  3. At this point you open a new window is located inside the folder "Applications" in which there are the applications installed in the Windows environment;
  4. Open another Finder and navigate to the / Applications folder for Mac and create a new folder called (for example) "Windows Applications";
  5. Copy us in the applications (from the Applications folder in the VM that you want to be indexed by Spotlight as native applications on Mac;
  6. Select a file with the extension you want to associate an application to Windows and right-click choose "Get Info"
  7. Select the "Open with" and then "Other" (Open With - Other)
  8. At this point, choose the application you want to associate the file extension. It can be found easily in the Windows Applications that previously was created in Step 4!
  9. Give OK and click "Change All" ("Change All" smileys . From now on it will open Fusion and its application when you open a file with that extension.



Now some screenshots to better follow the directions:



Have fun and good virtualization at all!


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Google OTA (Over The Air): Mail, Contacts and Calendar! Hybrid solution ...

July 2, 2009 4 comments

After a bit 'of attempts are finally able to acquire a satisfactory solution that emulates the Apple Mobile Me service.

Tools and services required:



Email
From Gmail webmail set the option of forwarding a copy to a Yahoo! account (previously created) to take advantage of push notifications on the iPhone Yahoo! email!

gmail_forwarding_email

On the iPhone, therefore, set your account to Gmail and Yahoo! to be notified of the mail in real time.

Calendar and Contacts
Register on nuevasync and follow the correct instructions to configure the iPhone.

ota1ota2


At this point you just have to say to Addressbook and iCal to synchronize with the related services of Google: Gmail Contacts and Google Calendar.

For iCal we can rely on the ease of use of Calaboration made ​​available by Google itself.

calaboration

To Addressbook instead we must rely to a little trickery. Enable AddressBook (Address Book) Mac to synchronize with your Gmail address book by its preferences:

addressbookmac

Install Lingon and start it and enter a new agent (clicking on +) called such com.google.synccontact that will run the following command:

/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/GoogleContactSync.framework/Versions/A/Resources/gconsync --sync com.google.ContactSync

every 5 minutes (or you can indicate to your liking the time interval for synchronization between Addressbook and Google Contacts).

lingon

Also as you can see from the image I added the option "Run if this file is modified" as inserting path:

~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/AddressBook-v22.abcddb (check the name of the file on your computer)

Now Mac, iPhone and Google are perfectly aligned and synchronized automatically in style OTA (Over The Air)! :-)

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